“Anwar the Mediator”

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The dispute within Pakatan Rakyat over the word “Allah” is even worse than we thought. With PAS and DAP at odds over the issue, de facto Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was forced to step in on Thursday. He admitted that the coalition would have to hold an urgent meeting to defuse the crisis soon.

PAS and DAP have taken completely opposite stands on whether the word “Allah” should be used by Christians to describe their God in the Alkitab, the Malay-language translation of the Bible.

“Now that this matter has resurfaced, I think it will require an urgent meeting of Pakatan leadership,” Anwar told reporters, trying to put on a brave face.